Emergence of leadership in complex networks and human groups

Francesco Alderisio, Maria Lombardi, Mario Di Bernardo

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Leadership is a complex yet fascinating phenomenon crucial in many application where coordination of multi-agent systems is involved. This is particularly true in the case of animal groups and other natural systems including human ensembles where, for example in orchestras, a leader is often selected to steer the group towards some desired coordinated behaviour. In this paper we study the emergence of leadership in networks of heterogeneous Kuramoto oscillators, which offer a good model for capturing and describing coordination in human groups performing a joint oscillatory task. We present a mathematical framework to establish phase leadership in the network and apply the results to inform some preliminary experimental results in human groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and System (ISCAS 2018)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 27-30 May 2018, Florence, Italy
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538648810
ISBN (Print)9781538648827
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018
Event2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and System - Firenze Fiera Congress and Exhibition Center, Florence, Italy
Duration: 27 May 201830 May 2018

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2379-447X


Conference2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and System
Abbreviated titleISCAS
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Structured keywords

  • Mathematics and Computational Biology


  • Complex Networks
  • Mathematical model
  • Oscillators
  • Synchronization
  • Task analysis
  • Topology

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